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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Delzeit, Gerard lead Lady Demons swim team at WAC

  • Lady Demons finish fourth
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  • The Dodge City High Lady Demons closed out the season Thursday at the Western Athletic Conference meet.
    The Lady Demons scored 153 points in the meet with Great Bend winning the team title with 421 points, followed by Garden City (374), Hays (186), the Lady Demons and Liberal (143).
    Jenny Delzeit led the way for the Lady Demons with a nearly four-second victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.26) and a second place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:09.56).
    Megan Gerard had two second place finishes in the long distance events with a time of 2:14.61 in the 200 freestyle and a time of 6:06.75 in the 500 freestyle; while Sydney Mendoza placed sixth in the 500 (6:58.18).
    The 200 medley relay team of Elhi Ibave, Delzeit, Mendoza and Gerard finished third in a time of 2:18.18.
    Delzeit and Gerard were named to the Western Athletic Conference team for the season. Delzeit (29 points) was tied for fourth in the individual rankings, while Gerard was sixth (26).
    "Jenny and Megan are our top two point earners of the season," said DCHS girls swim coach Jennifer Mendoza. "They were consistently getting good times and pushing their team mates to do the same. Their work ethic is top notch to any I have seen.
    "Jenny worked out in the off season not only in the pool but lifting weights as well. This dedication both in and of the pool earned her a consideration time in the 100 breaststroke. Megan, with the help of assistant coach Matt Martin pushed herself to a different level in the pool. She was able to not only take off about ten seconds in her 500 free but also get a consideration time in the 200 free. These two girls have had a remarkable season and I am very proud to have them as leaders."
    The team will find out Monday if any of their swimmers will qualify for the state swim meet with their considerations times.
    Mendoza said her team has grown up with all the inexperienced swimmers having to take the places of several state qualifying seniors lost to graduation.
    "We challenged girls this to year go beyond their comfort zone and swim in events they were not sure they could do," Mendoza said. "Overall this was a great season with a great group of girls. We are looking forward to next season. We will come back stronger, faster (and) better."

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